A journey in time with Alzheimer's

Posts tagged ‘smile’

Smiles away

Wandering hallways … pause ‘n look
Precious treasures … yesterday’s nook
Trinkets … fondled … in your hand
A string of beads … fun … unplanned
Curiosity … snagged … your attention
Then … brief moments … hesitation
Should you … or should you not
Partake of fun … or is it a plot
Lady Blue … storms … the day
No more fun … smiles … away!

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ April 23, 2015

Momma bear

Mirror … mirror on the wall … who’s the image standing tall
Watching over fragile minds … always gentle … always kind
Caring for … vulnerable souls … fidgeting… out of control
Endless walking halls … giving a nudge … when memory stalls
Scrambling to tidy a room … when occupant is moody ‘n gloom
Who matches socks ‘n shoes … ties laces … no I.O.U.’s
Cleans tables … floors … removes debris from corridors
Smiles on a rainy day … comforts … chases blues away
Gives dignity … a helping hand … changes thoughts … no reprimand
Lifts spirits … a warm embrace … compassion … commonplace
Mirror … mirror … you know it’s true … the Alz team’s many not few
My mind rests easy … in their care … my Mom’s a cub … the image:
Momma bear!

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ April 12, 2015

Filling time

Busy boards … aprons … trinkets … gadgets
Fill a void …  urge to do … something
So much time … not to do … nothing
How to help … confused minds overcome boredom
How to incorporate … meaningful activities
How to enable … drifting souls … to smile
How to find … enjoyment … meaningful moments
How to  hinder … Alzheimer’s urges … sit and snooze
How to stimulate  … engage the wagon train
Circle the field … ward off Lady Blue
Feel … purposeful … excitement of doing
Satisfaction guaranteed … or not … trouble shoot
Find a way to save a day … pleasure for a moment
Pick up hope and drag it along … singing a song!

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ March 27, 2015

No where places

Waking up … in a mood
Happy times … on hold
No smiles or positive groove
Up and going … on the move
Where ya going? Oops no tell
On a mission … oh well
Busy times … no where places
Finding treasures … running races.

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ March 24, 2015

Simpler times

Watching you care for Mary
You smile … hug her tight
Thinking … years … back
Your mothering … a delight
A comforter … a nurturer
Much love … you did invest
Back to simpler times
Relieves Alzheimer’s stress.

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ February 20, 2015

Chickadees

Narrow hallways through the place
We wander … in and out
Mom enjoys looking … smiling
When others peek and shout
I don’t see … my chickadees
She says … with a … frown
Guess she’s looking for her room
Two halls down … around
She started out … strong
Eyeing everything … in sight
Now she’s had … enough
Walk’s finished for tonight
Passing through the doors
Leading to … her place
Her face lights up … it’s Mary
She gives a warm … embrace.

Copyright/Sheila Grimes/ February 9, 2015

Mom’s nursery

Walking into Mom’s room I see
A nursery … Mary, Timotheus and
Who are you?  Mom … who’s the
new kid?  She smiles (babysitting awhile)
Seems (I heard) her adult passed away
Figures … Mom invited her to stay
Through the years, kindness was
Never a weakness … as I recall
Mom … always … gave … all
Her heart always gave what she had
No stumbling blocks … was glad
To help another … along the way
And so it is today … the new kid
Is welcomed … to play!

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ February 9, 2015

Garden memories

Walking through the garden
Mom smiles and lifts her chin
Admiring all the pretty colors
She’s enjoying from within
Always loved her flowers
Even weeds were her delight
Heaven help us if we stomped
Or pulled one in her sight

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ February 9, 2015

Daily reminder

Time to eat … you drag your feet
Children come too … for a treat
“Children” … your dolls … alert
Don’t feed them … they can’t burp
Your smile … turns upside down
“Children” come … going to town
Of course … I say … plowing the way
Nourishing … mind … body … heart
A daily reminder … agreeing … is smart!

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ January 5, 2014

Happy land

Civil words … kind smiles … what happened then … to now
Where’d your … happy go … hidden deep? Buried low?
Why leave you sad ‘n blue? … why’d they go …. without you?
The answers to these questions asked … why’s happy gone
And doesn’t … last … happy land … comes from the heart
The soul … shines through … smiles impart
Chases … Alzheimer’s blues … away
Like moon ‘n stars … brighten a day!

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ December 13, 2014

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